Can't Wait Wednesday: Hanging Falls by Margaret Mizushima

Officer Mattie Cobb & her K-9 partner Robo along with the Colorado setting makes this one of my most anticipated books of the year

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings. This is a weekly meme to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. The books I choose aren’t released yet and usually won’t be published for at least two or three months. So I have a while to wait!

I love finding out about books set to publish in future months and I like to share my excitement about the books. I also like to find out about new books on other people’s blogs and hope they’ll sometimes find something to look forward to on my blog.

I’m excited to read . . .

Hanging Falls

by Margaret Mizushima

Series: Timber Creek K-9 Mystery #6

Published by Crooked Lane Press

Publication date: September 8

Genre: Mystery, Police Procedural

288 pages

Synopsis: A deluge has flooded the high ground near Hanging Falls–but heavy rains aren’t the only menace descending on Timber Creek. While on a scouting mission to pinpoint trail damage, officer Mattie Cobb and her K-9 partner Robo stumble upon a body floating at the edge of a lake. Robo catches human scent, which leads to an enigmatic forest-dweller who quickly becomes suspect number one.

With help from veterinarian Cole Walker, Mattie identifies the victim, and discovers an odd religious cult whose dress and manners harken back to the 19th century. As the list of suspects grows, an unexpected visit from members of Mattie’s long-lost family sheds new light on her childhood as they help Mattie piece together details of the fateful night when she was abducted at age two.

The tangled threads of the investigation and family dynamics begin to intertwine–but darkness threatens to claim a new victim before Mattie and Robo can track down the killers.

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I’ve read all the books in this series and really look forward to this one. Mattie and Robo are great characters.

Can’t-Wait Wednesday: Burning Ridge by Margaret Mizushima

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings. This is a weekly meme to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. The books I choose aren’t released yet and usually won’t be published for at least two or three months. So I have a while to wait!

I love finding out about books which will publish in future months and I like to share my excitement about the books. I also like to find out about new books on other people’s blogs and hope they’ll sometimes find something to look forward to on my blog.

I’m excited to read . . .

burning ridge by margaret mizushima

Burning Ridge by Margaret Mizushima

Series: Timber Creek K-9 Mysteries #4

Published by Crooked Lane Books

Publishing date: September 11, 2018

Genre: Mystery, Police Procedural

279 pages

Synopsis: Colorado’s Redstone Ridge is a place of extraordinary beauty, but this rugged mountain wilderness harbors a horrifying secret. When a charred body is discovered in a shallow grave on the ridge, officer Mattie Cobb and her K-9 partner Robo are called in to spearhead the investigation. But this is no ordinary crime—and it soon becomes clear that Mattie has a close personal connection to the dead man.

 

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This is one of my favorite series. I’ve read all the books as they come out and really like Mattie and her K-9 partner Robo. They’ve both grown and changed throughout these books. And I really like that cover!

What about you? What book can’t you wait for this week?

Waiting on Wednesday: March 22

I’m participating in Waiting on Wednesday hosted by Breaking the Spine. This gives me a chance to show the books I’m looking forward to in the next few months.

Check out Breaking the Spine for more information.

 

Hunting-Hour-by-Margaret-MizushimaHunting Hour by Margaret Mizushima

Series: Timber Creek K-9 Mystery #3

Publication Date: August 8

Synopsis (from Goodreads): Deputy Mattie Cobb is working through issues from her past and has withdrawn from Cole Walker and his family to focus on herself, when she and her K-9 partner Robo get called to track a missing junior high student. Until they find the girl on Smoker’s Hill behind the high school, dead. But that’s only the start of trouble in Timber Creek, because soon another girl goes missing–and this time it’s Sophie Walker. Hard as they search, Cole, Mattie, and Robo can’t find her anywhere. Mattie’s primary suspect, a strange man who lives near the wilderness area, calls to report he hears deer “screaming” in the woods. Suspecting the man might have lost touch with reality and be referring to something he’s done to Sophie, Mattie takes Robo into the dense pine forest, hoping to pick up a trace of her scent. But when Robo does catch Sophie’s trail, it leads them to another clue that challenges everything they thought they knew about the case. Now Mattie and Robo must rush to hunt down Sophie’s kidnapper before they’re too late in Hunting Hour, the third installment in critically acclaimed author Margaret Mizushima’s exhilarating mystery series.

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Why I want this book
  • I really like this series. Mattie and her K-9 partner Robo are great characters. I really like reading about K-9 dogs. They are truly great partners for police and military work. And Colorado is a great setting.
  • This is a police procedural–one of my favorite sub-genres.
  • Great cover!

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Stalking Ground by Margaret Mizushima

stalking-groundStalking Ground by Margaret Mizushima
Series: Timber Creek K-9 Mystery #2
Genre: Mystery, Police Procedural
Setting: Timber Creek, Colorado–the high country in Colorado
Published by Crooked Lane Books
Format: e-Arc (Release Date: September 13, 2016)
–I received a review copy of this book from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. The opinions stated here are entirely my own.
320 pages
Grade: B+
Synopsis: When Deputy Ken Brody’s sweetheart goes missing in the mountains outside Timber Creek, Mattie Cobb and Robo are called to search. But it’s mid-October and a dark snow storm is brewing over the high country–and they’re already too late. By the time they find her body, the storm has broken and the snow is coming down hard.

While Brody hikes down to bring back the forensics team and veterinarian Cole Walker gathers supplies to protect them from the storm, Mattie and Robo find themselves alone, guarding the gravesite overnight in the dead of the early winter. And that’s only the first long, dark night in a series of them, because as their investigation develops, Mattie, Robo, Brody, and Cole find themselves in the middle of the killer’s stalking ground–with no way out unless they can catch a predator more deadly than any natural threat.

Initial impressions

  • A very good addition to the series.

Pluses

  • Mattie and Robo make a great team. I like that they’re coming to trust each other more.
  • Mattie has trouble trusting and relating to people sometimes, but I think because of Robo she’s growing more confident and making more friends.
  • When Mattie hears that Deputy Ken Brody’s girlfriend is missing she wonders if Adrienne didn’t just leave. Mattie finds Deputy Brody difficult to get along with and can’t imagine that being his girlfriend is easy.
  • However, the evidence mounts that Adrienne didn’t disappear on her own. And when her body is found Mattie finds herself beginning to understand Brody better and realize he loved Adrienne.
  • There’s a scary scene where Mattie and Robo are alone in the Colorado wilderness overnight guarding Adrienne’s body while Brody goes back to guide the forensic teams and others to the site.
  • I like that Mattie is beginning to make more friends and learning that friends will help–that she doesn’t have to do everything herself.
  • This isn’t a very gritty, dark mystery–and for me that’s a plus as I don’t like dark mysteries too much.
  • I like many of the characters in these books. And there are hints of romance to come in future books. But that doesn’t take over the story.

Minuses

  • I did have ideas of who the murderer is, but wasn’t sure of the motive. I still enjoyed the mystery and story.

And concluding thoughts . . .

  • I’m hoping for a third book in this series. I hope it comes soon!

Have you read this book? How did you like it?

Author info

  • Margaret Mizushima has a background in speech pathology and practiced in an acute care hospital before establishing her own rehabilitation agency. Currently, she balances writing with assisting her husband with their veterinary clinic and Angus cattle herd. Her short story “Hay Hook” was published in the 2014 Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers anthology Crossing Colfax. She enjoys reading and hiking, and she lives on a small ranch in Colorado where she and her husband raised two daughters and a multitude of animals. She can be found on Facebook/Author Margaret Mizushima, on Twitter @margmizu and on her website.

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Waiting on Wednesday: April 6

I’m participating in Waiting on Wednesday hosted by Breaking the Spine. This gives me a chance to show the books I’m looking forward to in the next few months.

Check out Breaking the Spine for more information.

stalking-groundStalking Ground by Margaret Mizushima

Series: Timber Creek K-9 Mystery #2

Publication Date: September 13

Synopsis (from Goodreads): When Deputy Ken Brody’s sweetheart goes missing in the mountains outside Timber Creek, Mattie Cobb and her K-9 partner Robo are called to search. But it’s mid-October and a dark snow storm is brewing over the high country. And they’re already too late. By the time they find her body, the storm has broken and the snow is coming down hard.

While Brody hikes down to bring back the forensics team and veterinarian Cole Walker gathers supplies to protect them from the storm, Mattie and Robo find themselves alone, guarding the gravesite overnight in the dead of the early winter. And that’s only the first long, dark night in a series of them, because as their investigation develops, Mattie, Robo, Brody, and Cole find themselves in the middle of the killer’s stalking ground–where the hunters have just become the hunted.

An effortlessly engrossing read filled with tension, excitement, and heart, Stalking Ground, the second in Margaret Mizushima’s lauded debut series, will send a chill down every reader’s spine.

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Why I want this book

  • I read the first book earlier this year and loved it.
  • Police procedurals–one of my favorite genres. And I love to read about K-9 dogs.
  • Great cover.

What about you? Is there some book you are waiting impatiently for?

Killing Trail by Margaret Mizushima

killing-trailKilling Trail by Margaret Mizushima
Series: A Timber Creek K-9 Mystery #1
Genre: Contemporary Mystery, Police Procedural
Setting: Timber Creek, Colorado–the high country in Colorado
Published by Crooked Lane Publishing, 2015
Hardback, Library
320 pages
Grade: A-
Synopsis: When a young girl is found dead in the mountains outside Timber Creek, life-long resident Officer Mattie Cobb and her partner, K-9 police dog Robo, are assigned to the case that has rocked the small Colorado town.

With the help of Cole Walker, local veterinarian and a single father, Mattie and Robo must track down the truth before it claims another victim. But the more Mattie investigates, the more she realizes how many secrets her hometown holds. And the key may be Cole’s daughter, who knows more than she’s saying.

The murder was just the beginning, and if Mattie isn’t careful, she and Robo could be next. Suspenseful and smart, Killing Trail is a gripping read that will have readers clamoring for more Mattie and Robo for years to come. Fans of Nevada Barr and C.J. Box will love this explosive debut.

Deputy Mattie Lu Cobb liked her new partner. In fact she was quite taken with him. She enjoyed being with him, something she’d found lacking with previous partners, and they seemed compatible. . . .

. . . Mattie stole a quick glance. Born in Russia, he was a handsome guy: straight black hair, intense brown eyes, and white teeth that flashed when he grinned. Large and muscular, strong and rugged, he was the only one in the department who could outrun her in a cross-country foot race.

Initial impressions

  • I love this book. And can’t wait for the next one. The Colorado setting, mystery and story of Officer Mattie Cobb and her partner K-9 police dog Robo are excellent.

The story

  • Because drugs have become an issue in Timber Creek and the surrounding national forest Timber Creek County have purchased a police service dog and assigned Officer Mattie Cobb as his partner.
  • Mattie and her new partner Robo have returned to Colorado after receiving training at K-9 Academy.
  • They answer a call about suspicious activity at a cabin and Robo finds the body of a local teenager buried in the National Forest near the cabin.
  • The rest of the book is the investigation of the murder and where it takes the police and the community.

Pluses

  • Mattie and Robo are such good characters. They are getting to know each other and Mattie has to learn to trust Robo. I love watching that happen.
  • I love reading good police procedurals. I’m picky about the ones I read. I don’t like the gritty, intense stories about police officers who are as dirty as the criminals they’re after. I know those police exist and I know the longer a police officer is on the job the more jaded and pessimistic they often become. But I want to read about police who are trying to do a good job the best way they can.
  • That is the case with this book. Mattie hasn’t had an easy life. She was raised in foster homes and she has trust issues, but she wants to help people when she can. She’s a very solitary person, but she’s learning to trust a few other people as well as Robo.
  • Other characters–police officers, the veterinarian, foster care people and others–are interesting and multi-faceted. We don’t always know why some of them react the way they do, but they’re an interesting group of people.
  • I especially like Dr. Cole Walker, the veterinarian in the book. Most of the story is told from Mattie’s point-of-view, but we also have some of Cole’s POV. As the book opens he has received divorce papers and is wondering how to tell his two daughters that their mother wants nothing to do with the three of them.
  • The scenes with Cole interacting with animals shows his deep compassion for them. The author’s husband is a veterinarian so I felt those scenes were accurate and I really liked reading about the things a vet has to do to care for animals. And he’s trying to juggle that and raise his two daughters.
  • I really like the way Mattie and Robo learn to work together during this book–the different ways Robo works depending on the commands and equipment Mattie uses. That is fascinating to read about. I have so much respect for the ways dogs can help us in the military and police as well as search and rescue dogs. I also like the way the book shows Robo and Mattie work in the community in positive ways–not just as arresting officers.

Minuses

  • I don’t really have any!

And concluding thoughts . . .

  • This is one of my favorite books so far this year.
  • I’m so excited that another Timber Creek K-9 mystery written is set to be published September 2016! I can’t wait.

Awards

  • Debut Mystery of the Month for December, 2015, by Library Journal
  • Nominated by RT Reviews for the RT Reviewer’s Choice award for Best First Mystery

Have you read this book? How did you like it?

Author info

  • Margaret Mizushima has a background in speech pathology and practiced in an acute care hospital before establishing her own rehabilitation agency. Currently, she balances writing with assisting her husband with their veterinary clinic and Angus cattle herd. Her short story “Hay Hook” was published in the 2014 Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers anthology Crossing Colfax. She enjoys reading and hiking, and she lives on a small ranch in Colorado where she and her husband raised two daughters and a multitude of animals. She can be found on Facebook/Author Margaret Mizushima, on Twitter @margmizu and on her website.

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